Our challenges

Mixed use

MCAU have a proven capability in the commercial rejuvenation of moribund  shopping centre assets, and in reviving our declining town centres and high streets.

Delivering a mixed-use development solution can be a vital answer in addressing these issues, where each component adds to the vibrancy, rejuvenation, and commercial viability of these places.

In addressing this challenge, we need to avoid the race to mediocrity and the notion that any type of development is good or where a ‘sticking plaster’ approach is accepted and presented as progress.  

If we want our towns and cities to be sustainable in the long term, they must attract and retain people and create an environment that fully serves those businesses that choose to be there. 

It is vitally important now more than ever to reintroduce a population that is settled into these areas, to help support and serve those commercial communities and to help them reposition and adapt accordingly. 

MCAU evaluate and present design solutions that are clever, creative, and commercially viable; which maximise the efficient use of available space, seek alternative use for that not now required, all through innovative and cost-effective design.

Having knowledge across all uses and market sectors and how these components can work together is vital in establishing workable mixed-use solutions, particularly where residential use is being reintroduced.